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LUFTHANSA TAKES DELIVERY OF THE FIRST AIRBUS A340

 HERNDON, Va., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Lufthansa has become the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A340, the first all-new long-haul airliner in more than 20 years. The A340-200, which can fly further than any other airliner now in service or on the drawing board, was delivered to Lufthansa at a ceremony in Frankfurt today.
 As the first customer for the A340, Lufthansa was extensively involved in its design and development. The carrier has ordered a total of 15 A340s, seven A340-200s and eight of the larger -300s, for delivery during 1993 and 1994, and has options on a further 15 aircraft.
 Each of Lufthansa's A340-200s will seat 228 passengers in a three-class layout, introducing new standards of passenger comfort and in-seat video entertainment in first and business class. The aircraft also features a lower-deck cabin-crew rest area -- an Airbus innovation -- and a rest area for pilots in a special compartment behind the cockpit. Lufthansa's A340-300s, deliveries of which begin in October, will seat 260 passengers.
 The A340-200 can transport a typical load of 263 passengers up to 7,750 nautical miles. The larger A340-300 can fly 295 passengers up to 7,200 nautical miles.
 Lufthansa will initially use its A340s on flights to North America, including New York, before operating them on even longer routes to South America and Asia-Pacific.
 Four CFM International CFM56-5C2 engines power each A340. As well as being the most efficient for ultra-long haul flights, the four engines free the aircraft from extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) restrictions.
 "The efficiency, range and size of the Airbus A340 represent a new long-haul business opportunity," said Lufthansa Chairman Juergen Weber. "The A340 allows us to raise our profit potential on routes with limited traffic, increase frequencies on trunk routes, and inaugurate new services. We are proud of the leading role we are playing with the A340, and look forward to the important savings it will bring in fuel consumption, noise and emissions."
 Lufthansa is one of Airbus Industrie's largest and oldest customers. It has ordered 111 Airbus aircraft and currently operates a fleet of 69. It is a major operator of the A320, which has the same basic cockpit and handling qualities as the A340. Lufthansa will thus benefit from important savings in training through cross- crew qualification.
 As airline deliveries begin, commitments for the A330 and A340 stand at more than 460 from 36 customers, including 256 firm orders.
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